The COVID-19 pandemic has canceled all are residing sports activities for the time being, but UFC president Dana White is silent pushing forward with UFC 249, which is scheduled for April 18.
There’s no indication that the pandemic will likely be receding by then, and since most shelter-in-space orders will silent be in form, White is planning to lumber the tournament with out followers. He hasn’t even revealed the put it’s taking space — he suggested ESPN that the arrangements aren’t legitimate yet, and till they are he’ll only negate that UFC 249 is going down at an “undisclosed space.”
The cancellation of are residing sports activities has only elevated White’s desire to placed on UFC 249. He’s already ready for to form some modifications due to the the constraints attach in space due to the the outbreak, but even with the card headlined by Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson, White wants to amp it up.
“We’re making an strive to form the baddest card that’s ever been executed in the historical past of the sport,” White suggested ESPN. “Just some of the things are going to figure out and just some of the things may per chance well not figure out. We’re making an strive to determine if [some things] don’t figure out, what we live.”
White suggested ESPN that he’s making an strive to add gargantuan fights which dangle objective not too prolonged ago been postponed to the card, but he only talked about one particularly: the heavyweight bout between Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik, which was presupposed to happen on the now-postponed UFC Strive against Night on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.
Ngannou has been tested for the coronavirus by UFC physicians and the test came support adversarial. Ngannou suggested ESPN that he’s fervent to fight, but hasn’t yet heard notice about his opponent, or even that the fight is officially being rescheduled.
There’s a legal motive for that. Rozenstruik’s supervisor, Malki Kawa, spoke to ESPN and acknowledged that they’ve heard nothing from the UFC about rescheduling the fight. Kawa didn’t point out whether or not Rozenstruik has been tested for COVID-19.
White has his work gash out for him if he wants to connect collectively the “baddest card” ever for UFC 249. The ask is whether or not he’ll ready to indubitably live it — and if the tournament will also happen.
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